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Unit Begins Human Trafficking 'Dialogues'

A national anti-trafficking unit will begin a series of local discussions in five provinces to find methods of specifically targeting the crime in each area, officials announced Wednesday.

The "citizen dialogues," which are to be undertaken by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons, are aimed at promoting local action, officials said Wednesday.

US Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli said Cambodia had made progress to curb the crime in recent years, but that the government must remove judicial officials who accept bribes to release suspects ahead of trial or find them innocent.

On the eve of Wednesday's announcement, national police arrested an American man under suspicion of having sex with underage girls, underscoring one element of the trafficking problem in Cambodia.